Westar Energy Completing Transmission Work Via Helicopter South of Marysville


Topeka, Kan., March 25, 2019 – Westar Energy will use helicopters to install airflow spoilers to 9 miles of transmission line southwest of Marysville, Kansas. This project will improve reliability for the area.

Airflow spoilers prevent line galloping. Galloping causes the lines to bounce erratically and typically occurs when there are strong winds. This particular section of transmission line has experienced multiple galloping events recently.

Airflow spoilers work by disrupting aerodynamic flow. The spoiler wraps around the line and causes wind flow to constantly change, canceling lift.

Two small helicopters will be used for the work because terrain near the line makes bucket truck access very challenging. The use of helicopters minimizes impact to the land surrounding the area.

The maintenance will begin on April 1 and will completed no later than June 1, only operating during daylight hours.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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